2019 Badger control licences announced

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Natural England has today published licences for areas that will undertake badger control operations within the High Risk and Edge areas of England this autumn.

This includes the reauthorisation of licences for 29 existing areas alongside licences for 11 additional areas.

This operational publication is a continuation of the long term strategy to tackle the animal disease Bovine TB which was published in April 2014.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

Bovine TB remains the greatest animal health threat to the UK, costing taxpayers over £100 million every year as well as causing devastation and distress for hard-working farmers and rural communities.

There is no single measure that will provide an answer to beating this disease. That is why we have always been committed to a multi-pronged approach including proactive badger control as well as other tools such as tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger vaccination.

Our strategy in combatting the disease now has an opportunity to look at different methods as part of our response to the Godfray Review. We will fully respond to this review in the near future.

All applications received were carefully assessed by Natural England to ensure that each cull company has suitable arrangements and plans in place to carry out an operation that is safe, effective and humane.

Published 11 September 2019

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